FEATURES

  • First Holy Communion

    Sat 21 Oct, 6.15pm Mass

  • Passion Play 2018 Volunteer Registration

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We invite all parishioners to update the parish office of any changes in their particulars through this online form.

    >PDF file for download

(You can also submit the hard copy to the parish office)

 

IMPORTANT NEWS 

 

Musings 

 

Musings: Friar Clifford Augustine, OFM

When I Was A Stranger, You Welcomed Me.

 

I was recently talking to a parishioner who is a domestic helper. She was late for Mass.
The reason she stated for being late was that she was only allowed to leave her employer’s place after she had finished her chores. In addition to that she was expected to go back quickly. Hence, why she could not come for the later Masses.

 

I will not judge her employer. They may have needed her on that Sunday. Her religious needs were perhaps not as important as the household chores she needed to do, or perhaps she was looking after an elderly person in that household.

 

I asked if her employer was a Catholic. And she said yes.

I was trying hard now not to judge.

 

Having domestic helpers is such a necessity for many of our parishioners. And when a household is so dependent on a domestic helper, I can only imagine how hard it must be for it not to have one around for a few hours.

 

At our TownHall meeting, we discerned that it will be appropriate for our parish to reach out to the many parishioners who are domestic helpers. We do not want them to come only for Mass and remain strangers to us. Reaching out to them would also include providing them with faith formation and other skills which they may find useful.

 

A group has been formed in the parish to cater to the needs of our domestic helpers who worship here at SMOTA. We have reached out, but we face the daunting task of maintaining contact with them, for various reasons. Not all of them have off-days on Sundays. Most of them are perhaps not too comfortable with us yet (an unfortunate reality). Some of them have more practical things to do on their days off (like remitting money etc) than to spend time in Church.

 

And then we have employers who will not allow them to spend time in church.

 

In his recent message on World Day of Migrants, Pope Francis used four verbs to guide us in our pastoral response to migrants. Reminding us that Leviticus 19 tells us to treat the stranger in our midst with love, the Pope urged us to welcome, to protect, to promote and to integrate the migrants in our midst.

 

Obviously we are not able to do everything for all migrants in our parish. But whatever we can do will go a long way in sharing the ‘Church’s great responsibility to respond to the many challenges of contemporary migration with generosity, promptness, wisdom and insight” (Pope Francis).

 

I urge our parishioners who employ domestic helpers to allow them to participate in the activities of the parish. We welcome the helpers of other faiths as well.

 

For more information, please refer to the bulletin and the various social media sites.

 

Feast And Memorial This Week

Feast

St Luke, Evangelist;    18 Oct 2017, Wednesday   

 

Memorial

St Ignatius of Antioch, Bishop and Martyr;     17 Oct 2017, Tuesday   

 

Evening Of Prayer And Meditation Using Songs From Taizé, Sat 14 Oct 2017 

Saturday 14 Oct, 8-9pm, St Clare Hall
All are welcome.

 

Monday Growth Session, 16 Oct 2017, 8pm (St Clare Hall) 

An evening of Praise and Worship with Spiritual Input on The Divine Office - The Gift of Routine Common Prayers.

Come join us at our next Monday Growth session at 8.00pm on 16 Oct 2017 in St Clare Hall.

First Holy Communion, Sat 21 Oct 2017, 6.15pm Mass 

We praise God for our 133 children who will receive this Sacrament for the first time. May the Eucharist both in Sacrament and celebration be a source of strength and joy to these young people as they live as Christians in the world.

 

Daily Rosary Devotion In October 

In addition to the rosary devotion after Morning Mass and Saturdays 3:15pm, 
For the month of October, there will be:
Daily rosary after evening Mass from Mondays to Fridays and on Sundays after the 5pm Mass,
EXCEPT: Every Tuesday, rosary will be at 6pm.

All are welcome.

 

Baking Training Programme For Foreign Domestic Workers, Starting Sun 22 Oct 2017 

The SMOTA TownHall group will run the Baking Training Programme for Foreign Domestic Workers (FDWs) starting from 22 October.

 

All FDWs who signed-up and registered for the Baking Training will be contacted by our TownHall representative and will be requested to attend all the sessions. Parishioners with FDWs who registered for the program are requested to support their FDWs by allowing them to attend the sessions. FDWs who have not signed up but are still interested to join, kindly contact our parish office.

 

The training program is sponsored by the parish and is free of charge.

 

Casting Call For SMOTA Passion Play 2018 

CALLING FOR PERFORMERS AND MUSICIANS FOR SMOTA PASSION PLAY

The Church of St Mary of the Angels, will be producing a full-length Passion Play to be performed during the week of Lent in 2018. It will present the life of Jesus from His entry into Jerusalem till His resurrection. It will be a semi-musical.

We’re looking for actors, singers, musicians, and crew, and for people who can help create some of the props. All ages are welcome.

Auditions will be held to select the performers at a date and time to be announced. Those selected will help in the development of the script.

 

Rehearsals are scheduled to start by January 2018 at the latest and the performance is scheduled for the week before Good Friday with possibly 5 performances, 3 night performances and 2 matinees.

The main cast of characters will include but is not limited to : Yeshua (Jesus), Peter, John, James, Simon, Judas, Andrew, Thaddeus, Philip, Matthew, Thomas, Bartholomew, James the Younger, Simon of Cyrene, Herod, Centurion, Pilate, Mother Mary, and Mary Magdalene.

 

All songs will be supported by a live band, so we’re also looking for musicians as well. Those of you who are keen to participate, whether as a performer, musician, crew or in any other capacity, please leave your name and contact number. Thank you and looking forward to hearing from you!

 

> Click here to register

 

Mission Sunday Collections, 21 - 22 Oct 2017 

All collections on the weekend of 21 - 22 Oct 2017 will be for the Universal Fund of the Pontifical Mission Sunday (PMS) for the spread of the Gospel.

 

Talk On Ageing And Frailty, Sun 5 Nov 2017 

Understanding Ageing And Frailty By Dr Philip Yap (Khoo Teck Phuat Hospital)

Sunday, 5 November 2017; 3pm - 4.30pm (including Q&A); St Clare Hall

Ageing is inevitable. How do we age with grace and dignity?
Frailty can limit our ability to age well. This talk aims to help us thrive in our golden years by understanding, preventing and treating physical, mental and social frailty.

For those interested: Please register at the Pastoral Care Corner at weekend Masses.

Poor Among Us - Local Mission Retreat, 5-9 Dec 2017 

   

Inviting all post-confirmand youths to learn of one’s own spiritual poverty through exposure to the poor that live among us. This stay-in retreat will challenge the youths to break out of their comfort zones. Through faith, they will also learn to partner with the poor by bringing the love of Christ to them during the season of Advent.

 

Theme:    “Lord, When did we see you?”   
Start:    5 Dec 2017, 10.00am;   
End:     9 Dec 2017, 12.00pm   
Cost:    $100   

 

You may register online at www.stmary.sg/poor-among-us

 

7-Day Fatima Block Rosary 

Saturdays @ 5pm / Sunday @ 6.45pm / Weekdays @ 7.45pm
Kindly call the Host family if you are joining them for Prayers. God bless!

14 - 20 Oct;    Francis & Tess Moh, Blk 120, J East St 13;     Mobile: 9150 6727     
21 - 27 Oct;    Lily Chia, Blk 263, Bt Batok East Ave 4;     Mobile: 8128 3596 / 6567 3023   
28 Oct - 3 Nov;    Daphne & Robert, Blk 535, Bt Batok St 52;     Mobile: 9653 1170   

Note: Call : 9699 3134 Coordinator for more details.

 

Registration Of 7-Day Fatima Block Rosary For 2018

We invite families to participate in the Fatima block rosary and to kindly register at the Legion Barrow this weekend. Contact 9699 3134, Rosemary for more details.

 

Carpark Exit Turn 


There will be no right turn allowed at the carpark exit on Saturdays from 4pm - 6.30pm, in addition to the current Sundays 8.30am - 12.30pm.

 

#SMOTAprays - Parish Weekly Prayer Intentions 

As part of nurturing a spirit of communion and community here at SMOTA, the parish features the intentions of our brothers and sisters. We may pray for, and with them each week.

Prayers are offered:

  1. For all students who are studying hard for their year-end examinations to persevere with confidence.
  2. For workers who feel troubled and anxious, lacking confidence in their new jobs to endeavour with hope and training help.
  3. For the healing and speedy recovery of those who have just gone for surgeries and for those receiving treatments for skin allergies, autoimmune disorders, cancer and other grave illnesses.
  4. For immigration approval of those who are planning to migrate overseas, and for others who are awaiting approval for SG PR and/or citizenship.
  5. For those who are operating businesses to have smooth, fair and successful transaction deals.
  6. For those who are demoralised, depressed and lonely, having low self-esteem and insecurities to find courage and strength in God.
  7. For those who are grieving over the sudden loss of their loved ones through accidents and suicides to find comfort and consolation. May the souls of all faithful departed rest in God’s peace.

 

 

Thanksgiving Received 

Here are some thankgiving letters received by St Clare’s Ministry. We celebrate as one body of Christ when a member of our family rejoices each time a prayer is answered. Let us never lose sight of those who are not able to rejoice, remembering that Christ loves us all and hears all our prayers.

  1. Thank You, Lord, for the good medical results for my husband and myself.
  2. With grateful thanks to God for the safe travel and protection of my daughter during her recent work trip abroad.
  3. Thank You Lord for healing John of his early stage of dementia.

 

New SMOTA App 

SMOTA app (our discipleship tool) is an engaging one, packed with awesome features that will help you to learn, engage and grow:

• Musings from our Friars
• Prayer wall (we pray as a community for you)
• Receive important/inspiring notifications
• Smota Engage (very own social wall)
• Bulletin
• Saint of the day
• Reflections - On the go reads
• Bible & much more
• Loyalty programs coming soon


Download now at this link: http://myapp.churchappbuilder.com/promo/#SMOTA, on Google Play or iTunes, and please register and update your profile to enjoy all the features.

Android users, please delete the previous app before installing the new one.

 

New Instagram Handle 

We have a new Instagram handle. Follow us @stmary.sg for the latest on SMOTA!

 

Frontdesk Volunteers 

Requesting volunteers to help man the frontdesk. Please contact the parish at parish@stmary.sg

 

Portiuncula Ministry - for Young Adults 

The amalgamation of the Parish’s young adult groups has given rise to the new Portiuncula Ministry!
Portiuncula is calling out all youths aged between 18 to 35 to join its big family.

Portiuncula will meet regularly every Saturday, 7.30pm

Interested individuals may direct your enquiries to portiuncula@stmary.sg

 

SHARE THE FAITH - BUILD THE BODY OF CHRIST 


RCIA

For those interested in the Catholic faith, please contact Philip Lee at philipjameslee@gmail.com

JESUS IS THE WAY, THE TRUTH AND LIFE

Know someone who is interested in the Catholic faith?
Share Jesus and the meaning of life here on earth by introducing them to the RCIA.
Do your part, share God’s love.

 


NEW RCIC AND RCIY 2017/2018

RCIC      Starting on Apr 22, every Saturday at 1pm;                   Age 7 - 12
RCIY      Starting on Apr 23, every Sunday at 9.30am - 11am;    Age 13-16

For more information, email: acheong@stmary.sg

 

Notice On Catechism Sessions **Parents Please Take Note** 

“Education in the faith by the parents should begin in the child’s earliest years. This already happens when family members help one another to grow in faith by the witness of a Christian life in keeping with the Gospel. Family catechesis precedes, accompanies, and enriches other forms of instruction in the faith. Parents have the mission of teaching their children to pray and to discover their vocation as children of God. The parish is the Eucharistic community and the heart of the liturgical life of Christian families; it is a privileged place for the catechesis of children and parents.” - CCC 2226

 

The parish team reminds all parents that we are here to help and support you in the beautiful task of forming your children in the faith. The spiritual life and development of your children rests on your daily Christian witness and will go a long way in helping your child engage with the world and progress in his/her faith in the future.

In the midst of school commitments, extra-curricular activities and familial obligation, a young person should grow to focus on God. How else will he or she truly believe in a God who always focuses His love on him or her?

Make Catechesis a priority!

Recruitment For Parish Emergency Response Team 

The parish leadership team is currently looking for medical and security professionals to join Parish Emergency Response teams beginning in January 2017.


If you possess medical, security or defence expertise, do kindly email Johnny Keong (keongjohnny@yahoo.com) OR Agatha Cheong (acheong@stmary.sg).

We NEED HELP! 

The following ministries are looking for members who wish to serve God’s people during the weekend. If you have the time and have been moved to consider helping the parish, please feel free to contact our friendly ministry leaders!

 

IT Volunteer

We need someone who is proficient with Microsoft Access to create a database program for Pastoral Work. Please send your contact to Fr Justin (justin@stmary.sg).

 

Volunteer Van Drivers Needed For Church Van

We invite drivers who have experience driving vans to drive our church van for Ministry of Consolation (MOC) wake prayers as well as pastoral visits.
Please register at the Parish Office.

 

Sunday 11am Choir

The Sunday 11am choir is looking for pianists and other vocalists who are willing to share the blessing of their voices and skills with others. We invite you to consider joining the Choir and serve through music each week. Those interested can approach Ethan (or any choir member) after the Sunday 11am Mass.

 

Ministry     Help Needed     Contact Person and Details    

Catechetical Office

 

Catechists

 

Agatha Cheong (acheong@stmary.sg)

 

Coffee Cart    

 

Baristas (Weekends)  

 

Rose Noronha (rosenoronha5@gmail.com

Sun 11am Choir    

Chorister, Musicians

tedeumlaudamus1045@gmail.com

 

Canticle Books + Gifts    

 

Sales

 

Anna Murphy (pietyshop@stmary.sg)

 

Frontdesk

 

Manning the frontdesk  

 

parish@stmary.sg 

 

Frontdesk

 

Bilingual Volunteers

 

parish@stmary.sg 

 

 

 

News

FRIARS

 

 Fr Clifford pic   friars JustinLim

Fr Clifford Augustine  

Fr Justin Lim  

Parish Priest  Assistant Parish Priest 

clifford@stmary.sg

justin@stmary.sg

 

 Fr Esmond Crop Fr Jason Richard OFM

Fr Esmond Chua

 Fr Jason Richard

Assistant Parish Priest   Assistant Parish Priest  

esmond@stmary.sg

jason@stmary.sg

Youth & Young Adult Adult & Family life

MASS TIMINGS

Weekday

  • 6.55am (with Morning Prayer)
  • 12.15pm
  • 7.00pm (Liturgy of the Hours at 6.30pm)

Saturday

  • 6.55am
  • 4.30pm
  • 6.15pm

Sunday

  • 7.30am (Mandarin)
  • 9.00am
  • 11.00am
  • 1.00pm
  • 5.00pm
  • 7.00pm

3rd Sunday

  • 3.00pm (Indonesian)

4th Saturday

  • 7.30pm (Tamil)

 

More timings >

 

Getting Here

By MRT:

Nearest MRT Station: Bukit Batok

By Bus:

Linkway Entrance:
Buses along Bukit Batok East Ave 6: 61, 66, 157, 174, 178, 852

Main Entrance:
Buses along Bukit Batok East Ave 2: 970, 985

By Car:

Click here for details on parking

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